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Head2Head: Can Johnson tie wins mark at Pocono?

June 04, 2012, ,

Jimmie Johnson's win at Dover this past weekend grabbed him yet another Cup record -- tying Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most career wins at the Monster Mile.

After stamping Dover, can Johnson also tie wins mark at Pocono?


The rainbow afro cometh for you, too, Awesome Bill and Wonder Boy.

Jimmie Johnson pulled into a tie with Bobby & the King at Dover last weekend, and he's not done writing his name alongside other greats of the sport.

Sure, he's got a couple of small obstacles in his way, but those, too, shall pass. Obviously, this particular goal won't be as easily reached as his last one -- knotting a pair of greats in all-time Dover wins -- because, well, his next win at Pocono Raceway will put him with just three wins and he'll still need two more to tie those gentlemen.Lucky for him, that third win will come this very weekend at the tri-oval.

And, he'll of course need Jeff Gordon to post zero more wins at the track for the rest of his career, while Jimmie chisels away at the number five. With this season proving that special kind of JG luck that has helped him along in all the right places in his career has seemingly run out, that problem looks to be already taken care of.

With his racing career just over a decade old, Double J will have plenty of time to pick up a couple more Pocono wins during his ride into the NASCAR record books as the best driver of the 21st century. And for those of you who would cringe at that statement, it's time to embrace the rainbow afro.

Nick Margiasso, NASCAR.COM

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

Jimmie Johnson's dominance at Dover International Speedway is impressive, but let's not get carried away here.

He's much better at Dover than he's ever been at Pocono Raceway, where he swept both races in 2004 for his only two career victories to date at the unique 2.5-mile tri-oval.

Since his 2004 sweep at Pocono, Johnson and his No. 48 Chevrolet team have won five times for Hendrick Motorsports at Dover while coming up empty at the Pennsylvania Triangle.

Sure, they've been close a few times and have a slew of top-10 finishes over the 14 Pocono races since then -- but Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon are tied with the most career wins at the venue with five each. That means Johnson needs three more in his career to tie Elliott and needs those three plus Gordon to go winless at Pocono for the remainder of Gordon's career to pull even with or pass his Hendrick teammate.

Gordon won at Pocono just last year, and also in 2007. To assume that Johnson will tie Gordon or surpass him in career wins at the place would be to assume that the driver of the No. 24 Chevy is finished winning at there as well. Despite tough luck lately -- which continued last Sunday when Gordon had a dominant car at Dover -- that would be a risky assumption at best.

Joe Menzer, NASCAR.COM

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

As the season moves on to Pocono Raceway this upcoming weekend, it brings about yet another query -- this one, too, involving Johnson. The hot hand will be looking for Victory Lane again in yet another unique track, which begs a question. Can Johnson one day tie Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Pocono, too?